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Beliefs

Canadochly Evangelical & Reformed Church belongs to those churches of the Protestant Reformation that acknowledge Jesus Christ as the King and Head of His Church. He rules and governs His Church by His Word and His Spirit. His Word, the Bible, is the only infallible source and authority for our beliefs and practices as followers of Christ. The creeds and confessions that state our beliefs and practices are always subordinate to the authority of God’s Word.

 

As a confessional church, we affirm the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed, concise statements of the essential truths of the Christian faith.

 

As a Reformed church, we hold to the Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort.

 

The following are core beliefs:

 

We believe that there is one, holy, infinite, eternally existing God who has three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy of all glory and praise. God has revealed Himself to us throughout the ages, but most fully through His Son, Jesus Christ.

 

We believe that humans, both male and female, were created in God's image for His glory. The first humans, Adam and Eve, were created without sin and were appointed as caretakers of God's creation. Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and became distorted images of God. Their rebellion brought God’s curse of futility and the punishment of death on all creation. All humans are born separated from God, spiritually dead, and possessing a sinful nature, and thus cannot change or escape their fallen condition of their own effort.

 

We believe that God, in His great love, sent His Son to rescue us for our fallen condition and reconcile us to God. Jesus, being fully human and fully divine, was the visible image of the invisible God. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross in our place to take the punishment we deserve and rose again to give eternal life to all who trust in Him for salvation. He is “the way, the truth, and the life…no one comes to the Father except through Him,” and “Whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life”.

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit draws us to Christ, bringing us to repentance and faith, enables us to fight against sin, and grows us in holiness while we wait for the return of Christ

 

We believe that when God saves His people, He not only reconciles them to Himself, He also saves them into fellowship with other believers in the family of God. The church is the body of Christ; the visible gathering of God’s people on earth, called to minister to one another and to take the Gospel into all the world.

 

Jesus Christ is returning one day to judge both the living and the dead and to usher in the fullness of God's kingdom on earth.

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